Saturday, 10 October 2015

Hunting for the Long-tailed Blue

Drinker larva, Euthrix potatoria
On September 19th I visited Woods Mill reserve and found some interesting microfauna, including a Drinker larva and a lacewing larva.
  On 20th, 23rd and 26th I visited Newhaven Tide Mills hoping to see a Long-tailed Blue, two of which had been seen the previous day. These butterflies started arriving from the continent a month or so before and their progeny are starting to emerge. The life cycle takes 4/5 weeks and we expect more to emerge over the coming weeks if frost doesn't kill them.
  On 25th we walked through Brookfield Park.
Woods Mill:
Common Damselbug, Nabis rugosus
Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus
Dock Bug, late instar nymph, Coreus marginatus
Drinker larva
Harvestman - id needed
Lacewing larva
Lacewing larva
Marsh Damsel Bug with prey, Nabis limbatus
Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis
Slender Ground-hopper, Tetrix subulata
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis
Tide Mills, Newhaven:
Everlasting Pea, Lathyrus latifolius, foodplant of the Long-tailed Blue
Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium
unidentified moth in web
This moth flew up and headed straight into a spider's web.
Small White, Pieris rapae
Comma, Polygonia c-album on Bramble
Purple Toadflax, Linaria purpurea
Small White, Pieris rapae
Common Ink Caps, Coprinopsis atramentaria
Common Ink Caps
Large-flowered Evening-primrose, Oenothera glazioviana
Newhaven Tide Mills
looking west
looking east

Brookfield Park:
Hornet Mimic Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria
Meadow Cranesbill, Geranium pratense

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